Ash Wednesday imposition of ashes
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The Church of St. Michael & St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
314.721.1502 p
314.721.4670 f

 

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"Living Christ In This World"
  March 7 - March 13, 2011
This Week's Banner: There will be a special Ash Wednesday Family Liturgy in St. George's Chapel at 5:30 PM.  The Reverend Jedediah Fox imposes ashes on a young parishioner. 
Preaching Rota
The Rev. Jed Fox
March 13      The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
March 20        The Rev. Andrew John Archie
March 27        The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
Sunday Adult Education
Archie_100x100The Rector's Forum   
10:30 AM  Taylor Room
  

The Rev. Andrew John Archie will discuss "Themes in Exodus."

  

Faith & Life Forum
to Offer Unique Series   

10:30 AM   Sverdrup Room
John Tyler  
Our current and unique series is titled "Jesus: A Way or the Way: Salvation, Non-Christian Religions, and the Unevangelized." The series is using John Tyler's book with the same title that is available now in the Canterbury Bookstore. This series addresses questions we all have, but may never have had a chance to explore--until now. Get the book in the Canterbury Bookstore and join us for this unique series.

If you have an interest in the topic but are unable to attend the Forum, you'll still find the book helpful. Get the book that explores these questions and proposes answers with extensive scriptural support. It's a user-friendly read, for laypeople of all levels of biblical knowledge and Christian experience will find the book easy to read and understand. Each chapter concludes with questions that help readers grapple with the subject and arrive at their own answers. Faith & Life information

Get Confirmed
Classes for adults wishing to be confirmed and or received will meet in the Spanish classroom at 10:30 AM. Contact Fr. Jed at jfox@csmsg.org, or Debbie at debbie@csmsg.org for more information.

Lent and Easter

Lenten and Easter Schedule 2011

Ash Wednesday

      7 AM   Holy Eucharist
12:10 PM   Holy Eucharist
  5:30 PM   Holy Eucharist (family liturgy)
  7:30 PM   Choral Eucharist

Saturday Eucharists Resumes in Lent 

Saturday, March 12   incense

 

Bearing Witness

5:30 PM in St. George's Chapel
Come on Saturday night and experience a Solemn Liturgy in St. Georges Chapel. With sights, smells, bells, and chant. We worship God in the beauty of Holiness every Saturday in Lent. This Saturday's preacher will be Fr. Jedediah Wynn Fox.

   

Great Wednesdays Return  

O Lord, Open Thou our Lips: Anglicanism Explained
Great Wednesdays in Lent 2011
March 16    The Rev. Jed Fox                  Anglican Liturgy
March 23    The Rev. Jed Fox                  Anglican Theology
March 30    Dr. Robert Lehman               Anglican Music
April 6        The Rev. Jed Fox                  Anglican Spirituality
April 13      The Rev. Jed Fox                  Anglican Unity

6:30 PM dinner followed by 7 PM class
To RSVP, please contact Fr. Fox, and don't forget to bring a friend!

 

Consider Your Call During Lent

In Lent many of us dedicate anew to the kind of life Jesus taught us to live. This Lent instead of giving up chocolate, may we suggest adding something good in your life or to the lives of others--the kind of good things that follow on what Jesus asks of us using our time and talents to serve others in Christ's name.
 
Information on CSMSG ministries looking for volunteers is on our website and attached below. Click on the links to learn about volunteer opportunities to serve others both inside and outside of our community. Consider a call for yourself or your family to fill a need in a ministry. More information about each ministry is located on our website at www.csmsg.org.

Consider your Call, Time and Talent
Welcome Packet/Volunteer Opportunities

Mysterious personFrom the Pews 

I sometimes take my car to the car wash after church.  (And sometimes I go to Trader Joes, Target, Walgreens, etc.)  The car wash is a good place -- you sit there, pick out the type of wash you want, and off you go. Spray, soak, soap, rinse, repeat. You drive off all clean and buffed and good as new. Even the interior is wiped down and vacuumed up.  All new and bright and shiny.  Personally, I kind of like the self-service car wash place down on Manchester Road, because it's cheaper and because I kind of like washing my car myself. It's more of a hands-on experience. 

Is that what happens at church?  I sit in my pew and let the music and words wash over me.  I feel better, a little cleaner.  I get buffed and shined, at least on the exterior. I love the whole church experience because it makes me feel like new. Is that what church is for? A car wash for my soul? Is it enough to let the words and music wash over me? Does that do the trick for the soul-washing that I want and need? Somehow, I don't think that's enough. I think there's a deeper level of washing that I need to do.  I don't just need soul-washing, I need full soul-detailing! The good news is that I am coming to the right place for that--our church, our clergy, our liturgy and classes and volunteer opportunities--we are at a great place for some deep cleaning!   

 

At least, that's my view from my pew! 

This Week 

Tuesday, March 8

 Men's Breakfast

7 AM    First Watch Restaurant, Clayton  

All men of the parish are invited to attend the Men's Breakfast. Come out and get a few last pancakes before Lent starts and share some time with other men from CSMSG...and, of course, the obligatory BACON!

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is a fundraiser for the YM HS Mission Trip and will be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30-7 PM featuring YM students performing talent acts as well as games and activities for children in the Sverdrup Room. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to celebrate Mardi Gras. Cost is $6/person or $25/family. E-mail interns@csmsg.org or call 314.721.1502 for reservations.

Saturday, March 12

Quiet Morning

8:30 AM-noon  Great Hall/St. George's Chapel

The Eucharistic Life: Listening, Offering, and Remembering
The Rev. Ralph McMichaelThe Rev. Ralph McMichael, Ph.D., will be our Quiet Morning speaker. He has been an Anglican priest for twenty-eight years, having served as a seminary professor, dean of a diocesan school for ministry, canon for ministry formation, and in parish ministry. He has written, taught, and lectured extensively on the history, theology, and practice of the Eucharist.  Fr. McMichael's publications include "The Doctrine of the Eucharist in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer," (Pro Ecclesia) and "The Redemption of Creation: A Liturgical Theology," in his edited volume Creation and Liturgy.  His newest book, Eucharist: A Guide for the Perplexed has been published recently by T&T Clark.

Pancake Supper Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to bake egg casseroles, perform talent at the dinner, run games for the kids and help cook and serve the dinner on Tuesday, March 8! Volunteers are needed from 4:30-7:30 PM (2 shifts available). E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up. Bring your friends to help too!

Welcoming

Fishin' for Folk

Church "business" cards are available in the Great Hall and Narthex. Look for the flower pots. Please plant a card in a friend's hand and let them know about all the great things happening here.

Forward this e-letter to your friends!

    

Growing In Generosity
Stewardship Campaign 2011  
Growing in Generosity logo

Growing In Generosity  

Campaign Update

As of Monday we have received 407 pledges for a total of $1,778,468.

Tuesday night the Great Hall will be filled with people and pancakes! The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper has become a wonderful event in the life of our parish. Young and old come together to eat, entertain and be entertained. Your pledge dollars support this fellowship event.
Thank you for your pledge! 
 Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
Upcoming Events

Monday, March 14

The Susan Mount Guild

The Susan Mount Guild will welcome Father Steven Salaris from All Saints of North American Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Father Salaris will present a Lenten program on forgiveness,
with a focus on Matthew's Gospel. Punch Bowl is at 11:30 AM; Lunch ($5) at noon followed by the program. All are welcome!  Please make your reservations by Wednesday, March 9 by calling Helen Cavin at 314.647.0889.

 

Tuesday, March 15

Steak & Stories

6 pm    Great Hall

This month Steak & Stories is going on a nostalgic road trip. Our speaker will be Joe Kline. He will share his travelogue "Route 66 from Chicago to the Grand Canyon" with us. Whether you are re-living your personal epic journey along one of the great highways or want to see the sights you've missed
,you will want to be there.

Please RSVP to Debbie Fenner 314.721.1502 or debbie@csmsg.org no later than noon Monday, March 14.

 

Monday, March 21  

Faith@Work-Men's Luncheon

11:45 AM      Sverdrup Room

Faith@Work will meet  Monday, March 21, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1:00 PM. We begin with NOONDAY PRAYER and a "B.L.T.- Blessed Little Thought" by Fr. Jed. Lunch and Open Discussion follow. The cost is $7 for lunch. Please contact Michael Hanrahan (314.518.3086, mikehanrahan01@gmail.com) by Monday, March 21, 10:00 AM to rsvp.

 

Friday, April 1  

Nicaraguan Dinner Auction    

6 PM 

The "Hope for a Bright Future" Dinner and Auction will be held at Windows Off Washington. For more information contact Peggy at outreach@csmsg.org

Nicaraguan Dinner Invitation   

Nicaraguan boy



Faith in Action

 

Auction Items Needed

A sports outing, a special dinner, a vacation condo, tickets to a unique event and gift certificates are all items being sought for the Auction/Dinner to benefit the Mission Trip to Nicaragua 2011.  Unique services and rare items are also in demand.  Can you help?  Please contact Carrol Stribling 314.533.0008 if you have an item to donate.  Plan to attend the Auction/Dinner on Friday, April 1 (no foolin') being held at Windows Off Washington. 

 

Hunger Ministry's Annual TRIVIA NIGHT

Plan to attend TRIVIA NIGHT. Saturday, May 7, a wonderfully-fun evening is planned to benefit Hunger Ministry of St. Michael and St. George. The ever-popular Jim Doyle will MC the evening for $20/person.
2010 Trivia Night

Hunger Ministry Spring Ingathering

Please help fill the increasing need for canned and packaged food in the St. Louis Food Pantries.  Any varieties of canned and dried foods are greatly needed. Soap, laundry or dish detergent, toilet paper, tissues and paper towels would also be welcome.  Pick up a yellow bag near the receptionist's desk, fill the bag with this month's items or items of your choice, and return it to the church by March 14, or bring your donation in any box or bag.  Can you help in other ways?  Contact Becky Zaccarrello with your ideas.

 

Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed

Sunday mornings    arrive 6:15-6:30 AM
Help is needed serving breakfast at Gateway Homeless Services on Sunday mornings. This ministry provides a warm, nourishing meal to more than 75 men, women and children and the opportunity to show them and yourself how God's love works in our lives. You can make a difference. Share yourself with this ministry; call Nick Clifford, 314.997.4011, or just come on Sunday morning to 1000 N. 19th Street. Many tasks to be involved in and still time to attend church at St. Michael's. Join in!
Church School Happenings

Bess receives ashesAsh Wednesday Family Service

5:30    St. George Chapel
There will be a special Ash Wednesday Family Service in St. George's Chapel led by Laurie Anzilotti, March 9.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Please see the Youth section below for information about the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.

Help Meet the Need

Almost Home, a shelter for young mothers and their babies that the Church School and Youth have been supporting for a few years, is in need of specific items:

Pull-ups, size 2T and 3T for boys and girls
Rolls of paper towels
Disposable gloves - sizes small and medium
Extra large freezer bags

There will be a basket outside of St. George's Chapel starting Sunday, March 6.  Please consider picking up one or more of these items at the grocery store or Target/Wal-mart in the next couple of weeks. It will be greatly appreciated!

Youth

YM group at Trout Lodge's ropes course     Pancake lady 

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is a fundraiser for the YM HS Mission Trip and will be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30-7 PM featuring YM students performing talent acts as well as games and activities for children in the Sverdrup Room. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to celebrate Mardi Gras!
Pancake flyer 


It is time for our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!

Volunteers are needed to bake egg casseroles, perform talent at the dinner, run games for the kids and help cook and serve the dinner! Volunteers are needed from 4:30-7:30 PM
(2 shifts available: 4:30-6:15 PM and 6:00-7:30 PM). E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up. Bring your friends to help too!

Mission (almost) Accomplished!

Thank you to all who have supported our 2011 HS Mission Trip Fundraiser! There's still time to hire one of our teens or adults to help you with any of your indoor our outdoor chores. Donate now and ask for the labor whenever you need it. Contact Bart Freer at bart.freer@gmail.com or 314.276.3733 to donate or get your job scheduled.
 

YM Parenting Seminar Series: Make plans to attend this series of discussions about "Healthy Relationships, Healthy Children." This is our final week and our Youth Minister, Isaac Arten will enlighten us as he presents "Now Listen, Hear Some of Your Own Advice!" These talks are held downstairs in the pre-k room under the stairway. Light refreshments and coffee are served.


2010 High School Mission trip
Canterbury Bookstore 

Visit Canterbury Bookstore today to review the new and exciting items that have arrived...resources for the Lenten season, gift ideas for your loved ones and a special item or two for yourself. 
 Suggested books for Lent

Bookstore Hours
Book of the Month
Featured Books
Columbarium Update

Columbarium
Check the progress of the Page Garden columbarium project from the Ellenwood entrance! The columbarium is being rehabilitated and expanded to add an additional 164 niches. While construction is ongoing, urns are being stored in individual lockers in the cloister walk. Weather permitting, construction should be done by mid-late spring.

Bulletin Board

 

Women's Retreat..."A Spiritual Spa Treatment" 

Thirty-seven women from our parish took part in the 17th Annual CSMSG Women's Retreat held this past weekend. Meg Rice, from Houston, Texas, led us in a "Spiritual Spa Treatment" where we learned to take time to pray, how to pray and the many benefits of prayer. Fifty percent of the women were first-time retreaters who enjoyed getting to know new people and connecting with old friends. "It was a great way to prepare for Lent." "Praying with a prayer partner was very powerful."

 

Next year's retreat is planned for March 2-3. Make plans now to hear Jean Coleman, author of "I Met Him in my Overalls."

 Women's retreat participants

 

Workshop: Developing Compassion
in Your Personal & Professional Life

Joyce RuppCompassion can change a heart, change a life, change the world. In this four-day workshop, internationally known speaker and author
Joyce Rupp, OSM, explores the theoretical and experiential dynamics of compassionate presence while helping you develop the skills of care-giving and inspiring a deeper expression of compassion in your daily life.
Individual sessions include:

Overview of Compassion

Compassion of Self

Compassion for Others

Compassion in Loss and Suffering

Compassion in Organizations

Compassion and the Marginalized

Compassion for Creation

The Family Center invites you to give yourself the compassionate gift of a four-day retreat experience by staying overnight at the Mercy Center of St. Louis. Monday through Thursday, April 11-14, 2011, 8:30 AM to evening. The Mercy Center, 2039 North Geyer Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131 314.966.4686 mercycenterstl.org.

No refunds available after March 10.

For more information, contact Patience Schock, 314.963.9600,
ext 0 thefamilycenterjr@gmail.com.

The Servers' Guild

The Servers' Guild provides a unique opportunity for students from 6th through 12th grades to participate in the Sunday liturgies and gain a deeper appreciation for our traditions and style of worship. If you would like to join a group of young people who are dedicated to enhancing the worship experience at CSMSG, contact the Rev. Mike Wheeler at mwheeler@csmsg.org
.

Acolyte with cross
Altar Guild  We invite you to deepen your spiritual life and connection to the liturgy by becoming a member of the Altar Guild. This ministry is dedicated to the service of God by lovingly preparing the altars. Many hands are needed, weekdays and Sundays, to care for the linens, candles and silver. Contact Betsy Panke: 314.993.6487 or epanke@aol.com.

CSMSG Pre-primary Enrollment
We are currently accepting applications for our parish's two pre-primary programs: 16-24 months on Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM and 2-3 years on Monday through Wednesday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM.  We are also offering a five-morning schedule for both classes. Our programs are taught by degreed teachers and have proven quite successful since their inception. For more information, call Carol at 314.721.1502. 

Smiles Needed!
Want to volunteer one Su
nday a month? The Greeter position is just right for you. Contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502. 

Valet Parking
Valet service by Midwest Parking will be available on Sunday mornings for elderly parishioners and those with special needs. This valuable service is being pr
ovided by an anonymous benefactor. Thank you for this very generous gift!